Monday, March 2, 2015

Need Caffeine

Today over at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies, I have a card for anyone who gets that feeling of Need. Caffeine. Now. Today was my day for that because I stayed up late for no good reason and 6am rolls around pretty early, turns out. Here's the outside.



Here's the inside. I used this great digi coffee set and this clear stamp set, along with Prismacolor pencils.



As an added bonus, I'm joining the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Love Amy and Chaitali for making this a regular thing. Although I'm a tea drinker, I gotta have my cuppa at least twice a day. There's nothing like a warm cup of tea, even in the summer. If you like a great hop, this is one to join! Prizes galore and fun coffee/tea/cocoa themed projects. I was part of the Christmas Coffee Hop and it was a lot of fun—I added a lot of new blogs to my reading list.


I'm giving away some blog candy for the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop. If you like Starbucks, I've gotcha covered. Sending a $10 gift card out to one random person who 

1. Follows my blog and

2. Leaves a comment on this post to let me know you joined or already follow.


Happy Monday, 
Chark
p.s. Hope you'll pop over to the a2z blog to join our new challenge this month—the theme is coloring and Hero Arts. So, you have all month to plan and color and upload your projects—and hopefully win the $25 gift certificate to the store for your craft goodies. Yay!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sew Glad It's The Weekend

See what I did there? My sewing card prompted the little play on words. I'm, like, sew clever (yes, I'll stop now). 

Ok, so it's not really the weekend, but the son has today off for teacher conferences, so it feels like it here. Plus the daughter is coming home from college for today and tomorrow, and the husband is off today too. It's like a big party here.

I made this card at my lss, The Paper Cottage, and thought it was sweet and clever, so I thought I'd show it off. The needle is just a stamped needle, but we put a slit in the eye and ran real string through it. Love it!



Here's the Book Cover of The Week this week. Love the girl-in-a-bottle look to this and the colors are gorgeous. No idea if I'm going to read it, but it does sound interesting. It's YA and I love reading young adult books. 


It's so funny that we had a handful of YA writers in the 80s (Lois Duncan, Paul Zindel, S.E. Hinton, Richard Peck and Paula Danzinger are the ones I really remember) and now YA is so diverse and good and engrossing that they are blockbuster movies and breaking records all over the place (Hunger Games, Divergent, The Fault In Our Stars). The crop of YA authors is fabulous right now and I am drawn to their books again and again. What about you? Ever read YA books?

Happy Friday,
Chark

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Quick Post For Smooches

If you like Paper Smooches, you'll want to hop over to their blog for their February release blog hop! Look at this cute project—only one of many inspirational and adorable posts!


Happy Thursday and Happy Hopping!
Chark




Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pretty Little Thank You Card

I used my colorful and vintage images from Pretty Little Studio to make a thank you card for my aunt. She loves purple, so I thought I'd go all purple. For my card, I punched circles from their Neapolitan collection. I used some Darice glitter tape and a white gel pen for "stitching." I added some heart stickers I got for 50 cents at Michael's today.


I used the inspiration sketch from PLS too, so I can enter it in their monthly contest to win a goodie bag. If you're like me, you'll love these new blue sequins they offer. You gotta check Pretty Little Studios out on Facebook to see the previews of new collections.



Join me in the challenge to try to win, and just see if you can resist their wonderful (made in the USA) papers, tags and stickers. Love the gold word stickers.

Happy Wednesday!
Chark

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Stamp and Stencil It

I decided to enter the Craft Stamper Magazine challenge for February, which is to stamp and stencil...I stamped some of my favorite Hero Arts feathers on vellum in white Unicorn Ink and trimmed them. I used a journaling card to mount the feathers on, and I stenciled the Hero Arts Arrows in Silver Staz-On Ink on Bazzill aqua cardstock. 



I added the aqua enamel dots and embroidery floss in blue and teal. I think this would work for a masculine birthday card.

Don't forget, if you want your own stencils and stamps, you can hop over to a2z Scrapbooking Supplies and whisper my name to the doorman to get a 15% discount on your order of $25 or more (Ok, you just type in CHARK15 but it feels like a speakeasy if you have to use my name at the door, am I right?!)
 
Take a look at Craft Stamper Magazine—there's a lot of inspiration over there!



Happy Tuesday!
Chark

Monday, February 23, 2015

Oscar Night Hangover

I didn't do any drinking last night, but I still ended up with a hangover, of sorts. Our little party didn't end until 1 a.m. and I woke up at 5:30 and then got up at 6:30 to get the boy to school. Now, what is a 46-year-old woman thinking if she's doing this? Arrgh! So. Tired. 

Still, since we're in EST, this isn't that different from years past. The Oscars go late when you're not on California time. 

Here's my wrap-up (and I only really care about the dresses, the stars and the opening number...not the awards so much).

Best Dress in my humble opinion: Lupita Nyong's pearl dress. This is unique and still classy and gorgeous. Is there any dress this woman can't pull off? Stunning! Although it occurred to me later that sitting on it would be, well, uncomfortable. Or maybe it was like getting a little beaded massage like those beaded card seat covers. Either way, I'm impressed!



While none of the gowns were terrible, I wasn't in love with Emma Stone's dress. Fashion critics seem to love it, but it's just an odd color and looks a little like moss growing on her arm. She's a doll and I love her as an actress, but just didn't love this one her. They style doesn't scream "I'm in my 20s!"



Loved the dress Anna Kendrick wore and loved her opening number with Neil Patrick Harris. It's classy and sleeveless (that someone in their twenties can definitely pull off) and very Oscar Night worthy.


I have to admit, Rita Ora isn't exactly on my radar...just like I didn't know Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Gray actress, daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) before last night. But I super love Rita's dress. I don't know how it stands up in the front, but the back fishtail and the color is just gorgeous!


And here's a crafty tie-in, if you're all jazzed by fashion, why not try the Runway Inspired challenge here by Friday to try to win a gift certificate? I've never entered it, but I do love the idea and the cards that people make. Maybe this is the week I enter. Here's your muse photo.


I enjoyed some of the speeches, including Patricia Arquette's reminder that woman should be paid equally for their work already, for the love of God. Ok, she didn't phrase it that way, but I did because it IS 2015 and the pay difference between men and women (for the same job) remains. How is this possibly justified?

And, while I think tucking political agendas in Oscar speeches is a tricky, I gotta agree with her and she didn't take too long to make her point. Always a plus. 

Graham Moore, who won for Best Screenplay (Imitation Game), did his thank yous and then said he had attempted suicide at 16 and that he was now standing on this stage. His message? Stay weird, stay different and one day you'll find a place to fit in and when it's your turn to stand on the stage, pass the message along. Things get better.

I thought it was so beautifully well done.  

Speaking of different, Lady Gaga blew the roof off the building with her medley of The Sound of Music tribute (it's celebrating 50 years). Her voice is beautiful and even Julie Andrews was impressed I think. And I think her hair was gray last night...beautiful, but not really blonde...she looked great in it.

So, what were some of the highlights of the night for you? Some more of mine were our Oscar Night eats. We had lots of food and although it wasn't themed, here are a couple of so-easy recipes that we had last night—for get togethers you might wanna try.


This taco dip recipe is a tasty one, although I do add mild taco sauce to the top of the cream cheese layer and before the shredded cheese.

This Meatball recipe is an oldie but a goodie. And you make it in the crockpot.



Happy Monday...zzzzzz
Chark